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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Helmer Otten

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from pp. 135-136 of A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times; being contributions toward a history of the lower Mohawk Valley by Jonathan Pearson, A. M. and others, edited by J. W. MacMurray, A. M., U. S. A. (Albany, NY: J. Munsell's Sons, Printers, 1883). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 974.744 P36, and copies are also available for borrowing.]

[Copies of this book are available from the Schenectady County Historical Society.]

[The original version uses assorted typographical symbols to represent footnotes. To improve legibility, the online version uses the form (page number - note number.)]

He was from Isens [Essen, Rhenish Prussia (?)]; by trade a baker, and owned the north corner of North Pearl and State streets, Albany. The year before his death, which took place in 1676 (135-3), he sold his Albany lot to Dominie Nicholaas Van Rensselaer. (135-4)

His wife was Ariaantje, daughter of Arent Bratt, by whom he had a daughter, Tryntje, who married Gerrit Symonse Veeder.

After Otten's death his widow married Reyer Schermerhorn.

His house lot in Schenectady was on the west corner of Church and Union streets, and comprised one quarter of the block bounded by Washington, State, Church and Union streets, being about 200 feet square.

This lot passed to Tryntje, his daughter, and her descendants, the Veeders.

His bouwery (No. 4), was that owned by the Schermerhorns at the mills, to whom it came through Reyer's wife.

Both village lot and bouwery, Otten purchased 13th Aug., 1670, of Pieter Adriaense Soegemakelyk, alias Van Woggelum. (136-1)

Notes

(135-3) Proceedings of Magistrates 1675-80, fol. 19, Albany city clerk's office.

(135-4) Deeds, I, 282; Albany Co. Records, 122.

(136-1) Albany Co. Records, 465; see also Van Woggelum, Schermerhorn and Veeder.

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